Best-selling author Tom Clancy dies at 66

BALTIMORE - Author Tom Clancy, best known for his military cliffhangers, has died in Baltimore at age 66, according to the New York Times.

His publisher told the Times that Clancy passed away at a hospital near hear his home.

His first published novel, "The Hunt for Red October" sold more than five million copies and was turned into a Hollywood blockbuster, as were several other novels.

Many of his novels featured a recurring figure, CIA analyst Jack Ryan.

Other best-sellers include "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger."

Clancy had said his dream had been simply to publish a book, hopefully a good one, so that he would be in the Library of Congress catalog.

There was no immediate word on cause of death.

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